Sydney virus clusters grow larger

By | August 1, 2020

Seventeen new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in New South Wales overnight, three of which are returned travellers in hotel quarantine, Dr Jeremy McAnulty confirmed.

An 83-year-old man, linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster, has also sadly died, taking the state’s death toll to 52.

Of the new cases, one is a NSW resident who returned from Victoria, two are linked to the Apollo in Potts Point, two are associated with Mounties in Mt Pritchard, and seven are close contacts of known cases.

One is locally acquired with no known source identified and two others are under investigation.

Dr McAnulty said one previous case has been excluded.

He explained NSW Health has revised the times that infectious patrons attended Mounties, and said anyone who was at the venue on July 20 between midnight and 2.30am, July 21 between 12.15pm and 5.30pm, and 8pm and 12.30am, must self-isolate for 14 days.

“For one of the cases where NSW Health accessed the COVIDSafe App data, a previously unrecognised exposure date from a known venue, Mounties, was identified,” Dr McAnulty said.

“This resulted in the identification of an additional 544 contacts. Two people in this group presented for testing and were subsequently confirmed to have COVID-19.”

There are now 98 cases associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park, 57 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel, eight cases associated with Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 25 with the funeral cluster and five associated with Mounties.

There are also 24 cases linked to the Potts Point cluster.

Dr McAnulty said while majority of the new cases are linked to clusters and close contacts there are several incidences where the health department has been able to establish a known link.

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There are seven cases of unknown community transmission in people from South Western (two), Western Sydney (two), South Western Sydney (two) and Sydney (one).

Meanwhile, from today, all gyms and fitness centres in NSW must have a dedicated hygiene marshal on duty at all times.

NSW Health said the marshal will be dressed in distinctive clothing such as a shirt or badge. They’re responsible for ensuring all aspects of the COVID-19 Safety Plan are being maintained, including: social distancing and cleaning, as well as ensuring gyms are keeping accurate records of who visited the venue.

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